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Political Babble: The 1,000 Dumbest Things Ever Said by Politicians Hardcover – July 24, 1992


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (July 24, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471577103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471577102
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,004,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In many ways this small, fully loaded book of 246 pages is an absolute delight to read. Reading the comments of various politicians down through the years, collected in a nice workable format, is quite enlightening. It is also a good way to get some laughs; well actually, quite a few laughs. On the other hand, many of the quips and bytes recorded in these pages are quit upsetting in that the people who said them in unguarded moments or off the "top of their heads" are the people who have and are leading us.

"Many people have left their jobs for the more profitable one of selling apples." So said Herbert Hoover on hearing that the IASS, finding themselves with an apple surplus, had decided to sell them on credit to jobless men who resold them on street corners for 5 cents each.

This is scary and shows just how out of touch old Herbert was.

The author has gathered quotes from various world leaders, American, England, France, Germany, Russia and more. Some of the quotes are funny, some sad, some bewildering...as it "what on earth was the man thinking" type of bewilderment.

"A tree is a tree. How many more do you need to look at?" California governor Ronald Reagan in 1996, opposing expansion of California's Redwoods Park.

Now while some of these statements by these statesmen and women are amusing, incredulous and my goodness, stupid, it must be remembered that these people are under scrutiny almost constantly and often times working under extreme pressure. As you read the book, try to imagine yourself wired 24/7 and see if you would fare any better.

It should also be noted that the vast majority of the quotes used in this work are from politicians and world leaders, both past and present, who were of a very conservative bent.
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